Crossing the Mississippi River. I gave up on taking pictures while driving after this
Vivian and I survived our road trip to pick up Dots at camp in North Carolina (though as you can see, it's taken me a week to recover enough to blog about it!). On the way there we traveled with a big thunderstorm, which made for some stretches of slow and tedious driving, but other than that, the trip was uneventful. No trips to the ER for me like last year, thank goodness!
First stop: Birmingham to see my friend Anne-Murray and her family (shown here: Vivian, Anne-Murray and A-M's daughter Lauren)
Me and Anne-Murray
Vivian largely did very well, though there were frequent pleas from the back seat to "take the big girl home." I kept reminding her, "But, Vivian, remember we have to pick up Dorothy at camp?" To which she finally replied, "Let's take the big girl home instead."
Stop two: dinner in Knoxville with my roommate from SMU, Mary, and her family
This was Vivian's birthday. Anne-Murray had a cake and balloons for Vivian at her house and Mary and her daughter Lizzy had made Paula Deen's S'mores Cake, which Vivian LOVED
Thursday morning: waiting in line (in more rain, of course) to pick up Dots from camp in North Carolina
Mission accomplished! Dots and her friend Cleary Gray, whom we dropped off at her house in Birmingham on our way home
Third night: Jackson, Mississippi, where we stayed with my friend Cynthia (pictured her with her daughter Katie and me)
Vivian loved Cynthia's pets, especially her cat Alpine
Cynthia's dog Isabelle is our Tucker's mother!
Apart from reuniting with Dots, the best part of the trip was seeing three of my all-time favorite friends. I wish I had had more time to spend with each of them. Maybe I'll make the journey again next year and stay longer!
Married for 27 years to Robert, three kids: Will (23), Vivian (20) and Dots (17) ~~~~
Majored in mathematics at SMU, taught elementary school for six years before Will was born, currently tutoring math ~~~~
Things I enjoy: playing duplicate bridge, working NY Times crossword puzzles, reading good books, entertaining, visiting with friends, planning trips, traveling, playing board games, spending time with family, cooking, keeping up with old friends ~~~ happy to correspond with other parents about raising a child with special needs
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